Forum for parents of allergic children

Patient support charity Action Against Allergy teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an online forum for parents of children with food allergy and intolerance. Clinical experts in paediatric allergy from King’s College London Allergy Academy were on call to advise what to do if some of the common foods given to your child triggered a reaction, mild or severe.

The forum ran for the week of 18 - 25 February 2011 and had 26 separate threads on a range of food allergies, all answered at length by the experts listed below. The forum is now closed, but you can read all of the answers by following the links in the box below.

About the experts

Dr Adam Fox

Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he is now a consultant and joint clinical lead of Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London.

Adam’s particular interests are food allergy, immunotherapy and medical education. His clinical role involves the management of children with multiple allergic disease including food allergy, asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis as well as children with difficult eczema where food allergy plays a role.

Visit Dr Adam Fox's website.


Dr Helen Brough

Dr Helen Brough graduated from King’s College, Cambridge University in Medicine with Honours and completed her medical training at the Royal Free and University College London Medical School. She trained in Paediatrics on the South London Paediatric Rotation and at Northwick Park Hospital. During this time she published a medical book for students called Rapid Paediatrics and Child Health published through Wiley-Blackwell Publishing (now in second edition). 

Her main research area is looking into how children become allergic to peanut so as to find ways to prevent this. This work is supported by a research grant from the charity Action Medical Research and forms part of her Medical Research Doctorate at King’s College London University. 


Dr Sian Ludman

Dr Sian Ludman graduated from the University of Wales College Medicine in 2002 with distinction. Sian’s early Paediatric training was undertaken at Kings College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is currently on the South London Paediatric rotation and is the Specialist Registrar for Allergy at St Thomas’ Hospital. 

Sian has particular interests in food allergy, the use of adrenaline auto-injectors for the treatment of anaphylaxis and patient health information. Sian is actively involved in professional medical education, responsible for the Specialist Registrar teaching programme at St Thomas’ Hospital and Sian’s article on the Emergency Management of Anaphylaxis for General Practitioners will be published shortly.


Hasita Prinja
Specialist Paediatric Allergy Dietitian

Hasita qualified from the University of North London with an honours degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1987.

She has been part of the Paediatric Dietetic service at St Thomas' Hospital since 1994 and has been working in the speciality of Paediatric Allergy since 1995.

Hasita is currently working with the Allergy team at the Evelina Children's Hospital.



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